NBC has finally decided to put on a live rendition of its iconic The Wiz. For its cast, however, the star-studded lineup will include Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and, perhaps most importantly, 18-year-old Shanice Williams who will star as Dorothy.
Combine a Prohibition-era daring with today's studio know-how and you've got one of the best soundtracks of the year in "Bessie: Music From The HBO Film," starring Queen Latifah, juxtaposing 1920s recordings with today's sophisticated facsimiles.
Perhaps one of the most talked about youths in the country, Jackie Evancho has been on a steep rise after her debut with America's Got Talent when she was just a 10-year-old. Now, she plans to release her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23.
And Fleming won't stop there. To contend for Classicalite's "Busiest Opera Singer of the Year" award, she will hold a two-hour master class at her alma mater, the Juilliard School, on February 13.